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Old 09-30-2012, 03:26 PM   #16
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You leave stuff behind when you ride the rides at your own risk. If you wouldn't leave it unattended in your stroller or wheelchair at a shopping mall don't leave it unattended at WDW.

Each person has to decide the risk for themselves. How upset would you be to not have whatever it is if it was taken? How easy is that item to replace? Answering those questions may help decide what you should do.

Oh, and I'm the trusting sort who had her camera taken out of the stroller while at WDW. Thank goodness it was the first day, and I hardly had any WDW pics on it. Though I did lose all my Tim McGraw concert pics.
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:20 PM   #17
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I think it's easy to think "It's Disney, nothing bad will happen" .... but people are people and do and will steal. I'd either put it under and cover it or leave it in the room.
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Old 10-06-2012, 05:16 PM   #18
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i think there was a time we had to bring our buzz lightyear toy on everyride for our son. he just wouldn't part with him-loved it. never had a problem. no one made us leave it behind.
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:42 PM   #19
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Mousekeeping will usually do something fun with any stuffed animals left in your hotel room if you are staying on property. We're had them in the window, playing, watching tv, wearing sunglasses, etc.
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:03 PM   #20
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my daughter is determined to bring a dressed build a bear with her in the parks. obviously some of the time it would not be able to go on the rides and have to wait in her wheelchair. Or on a lounger at discovery cove. How likely is it that someone would take it if we left it unattended?
My feeling is that it is relatively safe but my rule is that I do not bring anything that it would be difficult to replace. I am guessing in the case of the bear it might cause a great deal of upset and so I would suggest to my children that the bear stay and watch the hotel room.
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:58 PM   #21
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I used to be the trusting kind of person but last trip, I made a sign on the computer that had a cartoon monorail and the words "Mason's Monorail" to put on our stroller. I slipped it into one of those plastic page sleeves and zip tied it to our stroller. Somebody stole the sign out of the sleeve when we went to Epcot. There is no way I am leaving anything in the stroller anymore if people will stoop to stealing a paper sign.
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We have never had anything taken ( knock on wood) but I would hide any valuables under the stroller in the net storage with maybe a blanket or jacket over it!
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:37 PM   #23
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Saw a woman taing to security. Both her camera and video camera had been taken from her stroller. I would not take anything that I can't either carry onto a ride or that would fit into a purse/backack.
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:52 PM   #24
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We've never had anything stolen. But, that being said, it's not worth it to risk it with valuables. We do take our camera with us on rides. We leave the diaper bag with extra clothes, snacks, diapers, etc, on the stroller in plain view and never had an issue. If someone took that stuff though, it's all easily replacable.

I do think things are less likely to be stolen at Disney because many of the stroller parking areas have CM's there. But less likely doesn't mean not at all.
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...I do think things are less likely to be stolen at Disney because many of the stroller parking areas have CM's there. But less likely doesn't mean not at all.
But the CMs don't know who owns which stroller. And they wouldn't know if it was just a guest removing something from their own stroller.
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I agree with the others. Either take it with you on the ride, or leave it in the hotel room.
Even if some small child happens upon it and picks it up, and their parents eventually realize they have it and take it to the lost and found, it will take a while for you to get it back. Not worth the hassle on vacation, in my opinion.

Even if almost every person that goes to Disney doesn't steal, it only takes one who does to make your vacation miserable, and the odds, sadly, aren't that good.
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my daughter is determined to bring a dressed build a bear with her in the parks. obviously some of the time it would not be able to go on the rides and have to wait in her wheelchair. Or on a lounger at discovery cove. How likely is it that someone would take it if we left it unattended?
I never carry a tote that doesn't have a zipper. That way, I can close it up to further ensure that whatever is inside, will not fall out nor can anybody grab anything out of it either.
As far as discovery cove: I was concerned about this too. As we will have our expensive canon camera as well as a small, but expensive camcorder along at DC. I know things are unattended on a lounger if you are doing the do
Dolphin swim, as well as all the other stuff there is to do there and I thought it was a huge pain to always have to be running to the lockers they provide.
So, we rented a private cabana, which have locked lockers within the cabana. So, if we chose to not have our camera or camcorder with us all the time, they are safely locked away in our private cabana. I don't think I would do it any other way! The cost of the cabana wasn't that much, and worth it if it keeps your valuables safe!
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Our pal Mickey was stolen from our stroller in about 3 minutes. That was how quickly we realized he'd been set back down in the back of the stroller while I grabbed gloves.
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:01 PM   #29
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My partner and I were just discussing this during our recent trip. I couldn't believe the amount of people who left items that could be stolen in their strollers while on rides etc.

Maybe they are naive or I am cynical but I wouldn't leave anything of value or hard to replace in my stroller.
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my daughter is determined to bring a dressed build a bear with her in the parks. obviously some of the time it would not be able to go on the rides and have to wait in her wheelchair. Or on a lounger at discovery cove. How likely is it that someone would take it if we left it unattended?
Would you leave it unattended for periods of time in a mall or other public place with lots of people and action around? I sure wouldn't. Neither is Disney any safer from thefts than any other place

I've seen all sorts of things left in strollers at Disney, and it makes me wonder if people totally turn off their brains while they are there. Sure, most don't get stolen, but it sure does happen. Don't leave anything behind that you would care about if it did get taken.

I sat my refillable mug on the top of a fast pass machine while getting my fast pass, turned around went about 10 ft. remembered it, went to get it and it was gone - just that fast - never saw anyone close by - they left very quickly, or more likely quickly stuffed it into a bag and saw me looking for it Was totally my fault though!

It would most likely upset your dd very much to lose her bear, so I would not be bringing it into the parks, unless you are prepared to hang onto it every minute.
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